Driving alone is a dangerous activity and, when people drive for work, they increase their chance of a collision. In fact, there are 100 collisions a week in the UK which involve someone driving for work. Suffice to say, bad driving habits, such as using a mobile phone, will only raise these odds.
Hands-free doesn’t mean distraction-free
Although using hands-free devices is legal while driving, it still causes significant distraction for the driver. In studies compiled by the RoSPA, even hands-free use causes a substantially raises the risk of a crash.
Of course, some of those who drive for work need their mobile phone for work purposes. If a driver is involved in a collision while working and it’s found that the employer requires mobile phone use while driving, the employer may be prosecuted under health and safety law.
Set and enforce some ground rules
Employers can easily avoid these charges with simple policy and procedure standards as recommended by the RoSPA:
- Train drivers and managers to not use mobile phones while driving
- Ensure other employees refrain from contacting known driving employees
- Extend these rules to hands-free devices
- Plan stops during journeys for drivers to check their devices
- Broaden the scope to cover eating, drinking, and smoking while driving
To keep your employees informed and your company covered, Ambit can help you draft a policy to include mobile phone usage. In addition, the app can help your employees access the policy with ease.
Likewise, Ambit licence checks can help you stay informed. With licence checks, you can learn if any employees have received fines or points due to illegal mobile phone usage.
Strive for perfection
In order to ensure your employees follow your rules, you can offer continued training so everyone is on the same page. Likewise, it would be highly effective to discuss the dangers of driving while distracted. Reassure your employees that there is no expectation to answer calls, texts, or emails while they are driving for work. From line managers to supervisors or employees, everyone must be on the same page. Finally, if employees use devices provided by the company, you can check call records against journeys and planned stops.